Sunday marked the 2nd and the final day of the first university drama festivals since the global disruption by Covid-19.
The festival that brought together seven universities from the Central and Eastern regions of Kenya was organized and held at Kenyatta University’s Kitui Campus.
University Education and Research Principal Secretary Amb. Simon Nabukwesi and Prof. Paul Okemo representing the Vice Chancellor Kenyatta University Prof. Paul Wainaina graced the closing ceremony.
The students showcased talent in narrations, oral verses, modern/traditional dances and plays which reflected the current situation and happenings in the country.
In his closing remarks, Amb. Nabukwesi thanked the students for showcasing talent through commitment, time consciousness, practice and discipline in promoting theatre and ensuring that presentations were of high standards
“All of you made this exercise a success because you portrayed these values. University students are our mirror for the future; you are tomorrow’s drivers of economy in various strategic positions,” said the PS.
The PS appreciated the Vice-Chancellors for availing resources for this worthy course saying “it is upon you students to reciprocate by working hard and maintaining discipline to justify value for money. This investment which is geared towards development of talents in performing arts has a long and sustainable payback to you and the nation”
Prof. Paul Okemo who represented the VC Kenyatta University appreciated the students for their creative performance noting that there was so much useful display and lessons to learn for both the young and the old from all the performances.
The Chairman Central and Eastern Universities Regional Drama Festival Dr. Emmanuel Shikuku asked the Ministry especially the State department for University and Research to work closely with the Kenya National drama festival and other stakeholders to create networking forums and partnerships to ensure that the Kenyan students benefit and earn from their talents.
The theme of the central and eastern universities regional drama festival was “celebrating resilience in covid-19 pandemic and beyond” this was the first drama festival to be held since the disruption of extra-curricular activities by covid-19 pandemic”.
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